Scientologists Not As Litigious as Previously Thought

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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The anti-Scientology movement just got a little less "Anonymous."

Three former Scientologists have launched a website, ExScientologyKids, in which they allege, among other things, that the church fosters a culture of physical abuse of children, alienates members from their families through its "Disconnection" policy, and even denies some children proper education.

All three women know from experience. One of the founders, Jenna Miscavige Hill, is the niece of David Miscavige, who started off as L. Ron Hubbard's assistant and now runs the church. Another, Kendra Wiseman, is the daughter of Bruce Wiseman, president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a Scientology-sponsored anti-psychiatry organization. The third, Astra Woodcraft, spent her entire youth as a Scientologist before leaving after the church tried to force her into having an abortion.

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